Graduate

Admission

Application

The Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington exclusively accepts applications for admission to graduate degree programs through the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS). The application portal for spring 2018, summer 2018, and fall 2018 admission (depending on program) will be available through the SOPHAS.org site beginning on August 16, 2017. Be sure to thoroughly read all directions in the SOPHAS application and review the "Frequently Asked Questions" section at the bottom of this page. Please contact SOPHAS at   if you have questions regarding their online application.

In addition to completion and submission of the SOPHAS application, all applicants must also complete and submit the Indiana University Bloomington Online Graduate and Professional Admissions Application. This duplication of application information is required for admission. The Indiana University Bloomington Online Graduate and Professional Admissions Application requires completion of an "Application Information" section. In the drop-down box for "Academic Program," select Public Health-Bloomington Masters for master's degree program admission, or select Public Health-Bloomington PhD for doctoral program admission. or select Grad-Non-degree for our Certificate programs.

For answers to questions about our residential graduate degree programs, our Indiana University Bloomington Graduate and Professional Admissions Application, or to complete SOPHAS or SOPHAS Express applications, please contact our Director of Admissions & Enrollment, Nelda Montemayor at nmontema@indiana.edu.

For inquiries about our online degree programs please visit MyPublicHealthDirect, our school’s digital education program. Email online program inquiries to mphd@indiana.edu.

Deadlines

Semester Deadline Programs Available
Spring 2018 October 1, 2017 -Priority Deadline. November 15, 2017 -Final Deadline. All PhD programs except Biomechanics, Epidemiology, and Exercise Physiology. All MS programs except Applied Sport Science, Athletic Training, Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology, and Motor Learning/Control. No MPH. *International students should apply well in advance of these deadlines due to the processing time required to complete international admission requirements.
Summer 2018 December 15, 2017 -Priority Deadline. January 15, 2018 -Final Deadline. All PhD programs except Biomechanics, Epidemiology, and Exercise Physiology. All MS programs except Athletic Training, Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology, and Motor Learning/Control. No MPH. *International students should apply well in advance of these deadlines due to the processing time required to complete international admission requirements.
Fall 2018 January 15, 2018 -Priority Deadline. May 1, 2018 -Final Deadline. All PhD programs. All MS programs. All MPH Programs. *International students should apply well in advance of these deadlines due to the processing time required to complete international admission requirements.

Application Requirements

A Statement of Purpose

A statement of purpose of no more than 600 words should be submitted for the specific program/degree you have selected. The statement of purpose should demonstrate a clear understanding of both the public health field and how you plan to that utilize this degree in achieving your career objectives.
In addition, please include:

  • Reasons for interest in your application degree.
  • What research or professional interests you have.
  • Reason(s) for interest in studying at Indiana University.

Letters of Recommendation

Applicants will need to submit 3 letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to your academic and research abilities. Ideally, your recommenders are recent professors, researchers or employers in a related field.
Guidelines and Suggestions:

  • Employment or character references are allowed, but may not be as strong as letters from faculty that can describe your research or academic abilities.
  • Recent graduates (last 1-3 years) should include faculty references among their 3 references.
  • For those who may have graduated or have been employed in the workforce for several years, or who is a member in the armed services; recommendation letters from employers and supervisors are allowed.
  • Reference letters from peers, colleagues, friends, or family are not considered appropriate.

Resume or CV

An updated Curriculum Vitae or resume that includes:

  • Educational background and degrees
  • Employment history
  • Professional experience and skills
  • Honors and accomplishments
  • Volunteer experience

Official Transcripts

Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. There are special instructions for domestic and international transcripts. Please see below:

Domestic or US Transcripts: Must be sent from each institution's Registrar’s Office directly to SOPHAS at the following address:

SOPHAS
P.O. Box 9111
Watertown, MA 02471-9111

  • SOPHAS will not accept transcripts submitted or mailed by applicants.
  • This applies to current or former Indiana University students.
  • You can print an official transcript request form from your SOPHAS online application.
  • Photocopies of official transcripts or unofficial records will not be accepted.

International Transcripts: All non-US transcripts must be evaluated by the World Education Service (WES) using their ICAP Course-by-course evaluation service. For further instructions, you may visit www.wes.org/sophas.

  • Non-US transcripts are evaluated exclusively through WES. There are no exceptions to this requirement.
  • WES reports should be sent directly from WES to SOPHAS. Applicants must initiate this request themselves or it will delay processing of the application.
  • Please ensure that you enter your SOPHAS ID number on your WES evaluation request so that your evaluation electronically matches to your application.
  • If you are a past applicant, or already have an official copy of your WES report, you may send it directly to:

IU School of Public Health
Office of Graduate Admissions
1025 E. 7th Street, Room 121
Bloomington, IN 47405

Standardized Test Scores: Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

GRE Scores are required from all applicants for admission to IU School of Public Health-Bloomington graduate degree programs with the following exceptions:

  • GRE scores are not required of U.S. citizens with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale, who are applying for admission to the following degree programs: the M.P.H. degree program and the M.S. in Applied Health Science degree program in Safety Management or School and College Health Education.
  • GRE scores are not required of U.S. citizens with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, who are applying for admission to the M.S. in Recreation degree programs.

Important facts to know about the GRE scores requirement:

  • GRE scores are required of all international students.
  • Applicants please have Educational Testing Services (ETS) send official GRE scores to the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington institution code: 6979.
  • No substitutions in lieu of GRE or waivers permitted.
  • There are no strict cut off scores for admission.

International students must also submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.

All international applicants whose native language is not English, and who have not received any degrees from a university where English is the language of instruction, must complete and submit one of following: A minimum TOEFL score of 80, or a minimum IELTS score of 7. Please have Educational Testing Services (ETS) send official scores to the institution code: 5688.

  • Scores submitted below these minimum standards will keep your application from moving forward. No exceptions.
  • If you are an applicant whose citizenship is from one of the recognized English Speaking Countries on the following list (list provided is from the Office of International Services), you are not required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. English speaking Countries include: Anguilla, Antigua, Australia, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Dominica, Gambia, Grand Cayman Islands, Grenada, Guyana, Irish Republic, Jamaica, Kenya, Micronesia, Montserrat, New Zealand, Nigeria, Philippines, Saint Kits & Nevis, Singapore, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Tanzania, Tobago, Trinidad, Turks and Caicos Islands, United Kingdom (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland & Wales), Zimbabwe.

International Students

In addition to submitting your transcripts to WES, all international applicants are required to submit an additional set of all official transcripts (with English translation when applicable) and a photocopy of their diploma(s) at the time of their application to:

Office of International Services
Indiana University
Poplars 221
400 E. Seventh Street
Bloomington, Indiana 47405

The Office of International Services is responsible for processing student I-20/VISA approvals; they require official, sealed transcripts with proof of degree. They will not accept the WES report.

Student Academic Appointments

For information on Student Academic Appointments, please follow this link: http://www.publichealth.indiana.edu/prospective-students/graduate/graduate-assistantships.shtml .

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Is the IU E-Application the only application necessary to apply to your graduate program?
A: No. In fall 2014, our school adopted a new application system called SOPHAS (School of Public Health Application Service). This is the official way to apply to our school. This is required for all students wishing to apply for admission to MS, MPH, or PhD degrees. No exceptions. All students must also complete the IU E-Application, which is made up of several additional questions.

Q: Why do I have to complete the e-application?
A: SOPHAS is not programmed into our IU data system, meaning that the SPH has access to your student application information, but the other units on campus (University Graduate School, Bursar, Registrar), will not necessarily know you have applied. Once you complete the IU e-app, it will automatically generate an IU 10-digit Id number. This number will allow the other units on campus to view your application status.

Q: What is the fee for applying via SOPHAS?
A: The fee for submitting your first SOPHAS application is $135. For each additional school, there is a fee of $50.

Q: What if I can’t afford the SOPHAS fees?
A: There are a limited number of fee waivers, however you must contact SOPHAS directly to inquire if they are still available. Please email them at

Q: Do I submit my fees to IU School of Public Health?
A: No. All fees must be paid directly to SOPHAS. After you have pressed the e-submit button you will be prompted to pay. To pay for your application with a money order, select “Pay by Money Order” and follow the resulting instructions. If you choose to pay with a money order, you must submit your payment in a single money order for each payment. For example, if you designate two schools of public health, you should send a single money order for $185; if you later designate two more schools, you should send a second money order in the amount of $100. All money orders must be payable in U.S. funds and issued by a U.S. bank, to SOPHAS. You should include your name, SOPHAS ID number and the SOPHAS payment form, which will be generated when you confirm your selection of money order as your payment option.

Q: I already have transcripts/letters of recommendation, can I send these directly to the IU School of Public Health instead of sending them to SOPHAS?
A: No. All application materials must be sent from the student’s institution/recommender directly to SOPHAS or WES (World Education Services). Our office can’t upload transcripts because SOPHAS or WES verifies students’ coursework and GPA.

Q: I am an international student, why do I have to send official transcripts to IU’s Office of International Student Services and to SOPHAS/WES?
A: The Indiana University Office of International Services (OIS) requires official transcripts for visa-approval. The WES and the SOPHAS only verify each student's GPA and degree. The Indiana University Office of International Services requires official transcripts and proof of degree for each applicant.

Q: Do you accept the LSAT or MCAT exams in lieu of the GRE?
A: No. Only the GRE exam is accepted for students applying to our school, no exceptions. GRE scores must be valid, taken within the last five years.

Q: Why do some programs require the GRE and others do not?
A: Our school’s deans and academic department chairs make these determinations. GRE scores are required for all applicants except domestic applicants with appropriate undergraduate degree GPA's who are applying to MPH degree programs, MS in Recreation degree programs, and MS in Applied Health Science degree programs in Safety Management and School and College Health Education. (See information provided above for details.)

Q: Can I waive the TOEFL exam?
A: Yes. If you are an applicant whose citizenship is from one of the recognized English Speaking Countries on our list: Anguilla, Antigua, Australia, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Dominica, Gambia, Grand Cayman Islands, Grenada, Guyana, Irish Republic, Jamaica, Kenya, Micronesia, Montserrat, New Zealand, Nigeria, Philippines, Saint Kits & Nevis, Singapore, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Tanzania, Tobago, Trinidad, Turks and Caicos Islands, United Kingdom (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland & Wales), Zimbabwe.

Q: Can I substitute the IELTS exam in place of the TOEFL exam?
A: Yes. Our school requires that international students submit official TOEFL exams (IBT 80, or CBT of 210). However, our school will accept the IELTS exam, with a minimum score of 7. Please note that submitting scores below these minimum standards will keep your application from moving forward.

Q: Can I apply for admission to a PhD program even though I am just completing my BA?
A: We do not offer straight admit to the PhD degree with just a completed Bachelor’s degree for most of our PhD programs. These programs will require both a Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree to apply. The only exception is the PhD in Human Performance in the department of Kinesiology. Students applying to this degree program can apply with just their completed Bachelor’s degree.

Q: Can I apply to more than one program at once?
A: No. Our school only allows students to apply for one program.

Q: Can I apply to any program at any time of the year?
A: No. All of our MPH programs, along with the MS in Kinesiology degree programs in Athletic Training, Biomechanics, and Exercise Physiology, only allow for fall admission. All other programs allow students to apply for spring, summer, or fall, but there are specific deadlines that must be followed. Please refer to our SPH admissions website for more information.

Q: How long will it take before I hear about my admission decision?
A: The formal review process will normally take 5-6 weeks for MS or MPH applicants. The reason for this length of time is due to the 2-3 weeks that your application will reside with SOPHAS. Your application materials must first be received and reviewed by SOPHAS staff. Once they code your application as “verified”, this will notify our admissions staff to complete the internal review process at the SPH level. The application will be reviewed for completeness. If complete, it will be forwarded on to the review committee; with the committee normally needing a minimum of two weeks to render a decision. If there are missing items (missing GRE, third letter of recommendation etc.), the admissions staff will contact the student directly to explain why the application is incomplete. PhD applications will take much longer as those decisions are normally not made until mid-February-early-March.

Q: Do all admitted students receive funding assistance?
A: Each of our five departments determines how they will fund admitted students. While some programs offer SAA (Student Academic Appointments), others will offer fee remission awards. Students should inquire directly with their department to inquire about funding opportunities. For information on Student Academic Appointments, please follow this link: http://www.publichealth.indiana.edu/prospective-students/graduate/graduate-assistantships.shtml.

Q: How long does my application stay on file?
A: Our applications are kept on file for one cycle. Starting in fall 2016, the SOPHAS cycle will allow some of your previous application materials to transfer to the next cycle. Please inquire directly with SOPHAS staff regarding this: sophasinfo@liaisoncas.com.

Q: If I am accepted, but need to defer my admission, is this allowed?
A: Admitted students are allowed to defer for one year.

Q: SOPHAS offers to enter my previous academic coursework for a fee. Does this mean that SOPHAS will contact my institutions and request my official transcripts on my behalf?
A: No. SOPHAS will charge a fee to enter your previous academic coursework once they receive your official transcripts, however, due to FERPA (Federal Educational Rights & Privacy Act of 1974). Students must personally request their own transcripts directly from their institutions.

Q: Where can I check the status of my application?
A: Applicants should log into both their SOPHAS and WES accounts (if applicable) often to track their application status. If there is an issue, SOPHAS and/or WES will communicate with students via email messages.